Mike Pumphrey

Mike Pumphrey

BandFolkAcoustic

Think Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds, and Monty Python.

Biography

Mike Pumphrey has been playing music for what seems like an awfully long time. Starting at the piano, he taught himself guitar, and has continued to attempt to learn whatever instruments people have thrown into his lap. (He has since sworn off instruments that won’t fit on his lap.) After playing in some high school and college bands, he recorded a solo album in his basement. He then played the coffeehouses of his native Philadelphia for a few years, playing for hundreds of people (cumulatively). After moving to New York, he was involved in a number of bands of wildly different genres, ranging from improvisational jamband to ambient rock. These days, he plays in the indie rock band Butterthief, and is responsible for bass, backing vocals, and exaggeration. Mike’s level of popularity is sustained by his diverse musical styles, ensuring at everyone will enjoy at most a few of his songs.

His homepage currently is www.mikepumphrey.com and he is as shocked as you that it wasn't already registered.

Lyrics

For The Dream (Robert Moses)

Written By: Mike Pumphrey

I stood with you that night at Beach Head
And watched your eyes glint, and watched your head fall
Watched your chest pound as you saw over there
The image that no one would dare

You said to me this would be a great monument
The masses would come just to see the event
"I see it now, just as you gaze to the sea
Just give me all the power and leave everything to me"

Did you get what you wanted?
Did you rip at the seams?
Was it all worth the backlash?
Or was it all for the dream?
Was it all for the dream?

Fair's fair, there could be no other way
The chairman wouldn't let you stay
"In summer the bridge will stand
The day will run as I have planned"
But the table is left unmanned

Far and wide the glint in your eyes
The ax by your side, the pillar of pride
You wrecked the town, one lurch of wild swings
Wooden ships, concrete piles
Friend or foe, your image styled to say

Did you get what you wanted?
Did you rip at the seams?
Was it all worth the backlash?
Or was it all for the dream?
Was it all for the dream?

"He was a monster, the twelve-armed beast
Who never knew fear, for whom all never ceased
In their endless vexation, the kind one can kiss
And a handful of innocence that wouldn't be missed"

But did you get things done? Did you get them done right?
Will the points all be tallied with the coming of night?
Will they see a great deed? Will the actions make sense?
Or is one dream created at another's expense?

Did you get what you wanted?
Did you rip at the seams?
Was it all worth the backlash?
Or was it all for the dream?

"They say my weapon is too cavalier
But those in the future will find it quite clear
That I'm no more a man
Than this beach is of sand
Than this time in my hands
Can't they see what I've planned?"

And the greatest of all my fears
The philosophy that he adhered
For long in the sky burns a mission that tries
Even the patience of greater a man

And oneself must choose when, not if, one will lose
And be taken in silence by hand
But now you cannot hear, not that you were ever here
In your race for immortality you had to persevere
But we live your nightmare, we live in your fear

Did you get what you wanted?

Was it all for the dream?
Was it all for the dream?
Was it all for the dream?

Discography

Performing as The Wandering Minstrel:
Rant (single, cassette)
The Center of A Tension (LP, CD)

Member of: Dave and Mike Trio
s/t (EP, CD)
World Atlas (LP, cassette)

Member of: Butterthief
s/t (EP, CD)

Set List

Set length (60-600 minutes). I know more covers than Yo La Tengo, and have been writing songs since I was 13. I can perform for as little as one song, or so long that I'll start getting my mail forwarded on to the stage.

Recurring songs:
Places, Rant, For The Dream (Robert Moses), Soul Racing, 16 Going On 43, River Run Dry, Waiting For Spring...